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Worker strikes and protests across China reached an all-time high in November, spurred on by workers’ cash needs for the upcoming holidays and exacerbated by an increased number insolvent factories that haven’t paid wage arrears. Protests tend to spike in the months surrounding Chinese New year, but this year has been worse in an environment where factories are experiencing declining sales and cash reserves are dwindling. We expect strikes to intensify in the coming weeks due to disputes over payment of year-end bonuses and further spurred by stricter labor inspections from local government.
Guangdong: The Legislative Affairs Office of Guangdong finished off a month long solicitation of public opinion on December 3rd for a draft law that would provide up to a day of paid leave each month for menstrual pain to female employees that have been given certificates by doctors. The Legislative Office is now compiling the information gathered and will make a decision whether or not to implement it in the near future.
Zhejiang: Timely payment of year-end bonuses will avert unnecessary friction with workers.
Fujian: Fujian has seen a surge in protests over the past three months due to the payment of wage arrears. Protests by footwear workers account for roughly 20% of these which may increase in the coming weeks with the intensity of the holiday production schedule.
On the Horizon
- December 10, 2015 – International Human Rights Day
- January 1 – 3, 2016 – Factories closed for New Year’s Day
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